What is Pupil Premium?
Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This includes children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM) and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Is your child eligible?
There are a variety of reasons why your child may be entitled to this funding which includes:
- If they are on Free School Meals or have been at any point in the last 6 years
- If they are a Looked After Child (in the care of the Local Authority)
- If they have previously been a Looked After Child and are now adopted from care or are under a Special Guardianship Order or a Child Arrangements Order or a Residence Order
- If they have a parent in the military or has been in the military over the past 5 years or are in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
How is it spent?
For 2020 to 2021 school received a total of £111,585 for Pupil Premium children. Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.
Common ways school spend their pupil premium fund include:
- Employing extra teachers and teaching assistants to work with classes.
- Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
- Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
- Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.
- Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the pupil premium, for example in preparation for SATs.
- Funding educational trips and visits.
- Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.
For further details about how school supports pupil premium children please read our Pupil Premium Policy by clicking on the link below.
How to claim your child’s pupil premium
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If you feel your child would be eligible for Pupil Premium Funding or you wish to check if they are eligible you can apply by telephone, post or online. Please click here for further details.
From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell school – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium.
For details on how school have spent and plan to spend their allocation of pupil premium funding please refer to the pupil premium spending report below.
What Ofsted have said about pupil premium in school
Pupils who benefit from the pupil premium funding make exceptional progress. Within this group, the attainment of those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals compared with other pupils in the school, is at least the same and often better in reading, writing and mathematics – Ofsted July 2014
Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make at least good, and often excellent, progress. This is due to them being given work which is well devised to meet their needs, and through being afforded very good support of additional adults. – and have made excellent progress this year at end of Y6 – Ofsted July 2014